Unless you live under a rock, you can't help but be aware of the New Orleans Saints "bounty" investigation by the NFL's security department. The Trib's Mark Kaboly tweeted out a thought early this morning mentioning this very subject: @MarkKaboly_Trib: Something tells me that you don't have to worry about Dick LeBeau installing some kind of bounty program with the #Steelers. #JustSayin
This could turn out to be bigger than spygate was if the investigation leads to other teams who may have taken part in an "incentive" program like this. Honestly I would be shocked if there weren't more that come out quite honestly.The program runs in violation of league rules, and the investigation showed that Saints players received $1,500 for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 for a "cart-off" hit, with payouts doubling or tripling during the team's three playoff appearances.
A memo sent to clubs throughout the league included a statement on how Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma put up $10,000 cash as a bounty before a playoff game, a source familiar with the memo told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
The memo also said Mike Ornstein, a noted marketing agent who has close ties to Saints head coach Sean Payton and has worked with him on projects in the past, put up money as a bounty at least twice.
I think it's a safe assumption with a team like the Steelers, owners like the Rooney's, and a coach like Dick Lebeau you won't see any such news coming out of Pittsburgh.